Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Tips for the retired crew to live a healthy and happy life

Growing old is part and parcel of life. It’s one of those inevitable things that you just have to deal with. Graying hair, wrinkles, aching limbs, children moving out of the house, retirement,fewer friends,no colleagues… There’s a lot of things that go along with getting old.There is this physiological changes like slowness in whatever you do, can't walk in a straight line,eye-sight failing,mood swings and the lot.But you don’t have to face it like doomsday. Just like anything else, you can face it with grace.
Let the fact that you are getting old sinks in,accept reality.
No matter what you do, you’ll get old. You’ll get wrinkles and gray hair (or, for men, hairlines recede). You can always get your hair dyed or get Botox treatments, but you can’t deny that you've aged. Just look at your drivers license,CPF withdrawal (if you have any $$ left in your CPF taking into consideration that the retirement account limit is now 180k) had long passed and accept that many decades have passed since mommy brought you into the world.
Keep a healthy routine by exercising and keeping yourself occupied.
If you are still engaging in some bad and unhealthy habits, give them up now. There’s no such thing as too late when breaking bad habits. Exercise and eat right, give up that smoking habit, drink less. However, if you are still active or has the urge to have sex when you are passed 70 then you are considered "very healthy"
Don’t worry too much or over anything trivial.Worrying and stress will only make you age a lot faster. So take it easy. Breathe easy, breathe deep. Take a moment to appreciate the smell of your morning coffee.
As you age, you may experience some biological changes that can make you lose your temper quite easily. But you must learn not to give in to anger or to any extreme emotion. You don’t want the neighbourhood kids to call you Mr. or Mrs or Miss Grouchy when you get older right?
Be friendly and smile freely (like you are attending an SIA cabin crew interview hahaha)
Interacting with people also helps improve your mood and outlook. So don’t forget to always bring out a smile. Have a social life. Living your life as a hermit isn’t a good thing.
One of things you’d have to contend with when growing old is boredom. For one, there can be some physical limitations to your activities unless you are like John Chua who still sprint 100 meters under 16 seconds at age 74. 
Attend lectures or participate in volunteer activities. Keep a garden perhaps. Take up blogging like me and make some money from the ads.Keeping yourself busy helps in keeping the mind and body sharp.
Lastly,don't think too much about death because Mr. Death will come knocking one of these days and be courageous enough to welcome him.

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